Action needed to drive Victorian plantation growth

Figures highlighted by the media this week again show the sharp fall in Victorian plantation areas over more than 10 years. It’s a reminder to the Victorian Government and Opposition that plantation expansion should be addressed by both sides of politics ahead of the state election later this year, CEO of the Victorian Forest Products Association (VFPA) Deb Kerr said today.

Hancock Victorian Plantations (HVP) expands state-of-the-art nursery

The Victorian Forest Products Association (VFPA) congratulates our member Hancock Victorian Plantations (HVP) on its state-of-the-art Gelliondale nursery in Gippsland, capable of producing up to 14 million seedlings a year, Deb Kerr, CEO of VFPA, said today. The Victorian Forestry Plan supported the nursery expansion with an $875,000 investment.

Lecture: Trees into farming

Join the Green Triangle Forest Industries Hub as it shares its plans to contribute to the nation’s growing timber demands. This includes partnerships with local landowners to introduce trees into farming, developing new income streams whilst providing social and environmental benefits for the region. Download the flyer or register here.

Will the Victorian Government see the forest for the trees?

ABARES report shows a steep decline in plantation areas – but new trees are needed to tackle climate change and meet structural timber demand. The Victorian softwood estate has remained static since the early 1990s. That is at odds with new house builds that have increased by 66% since 1984, while the softwood estate, which is critical to construction, increased by only 23% over the same timeframe.